Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, and values based on logical reasoning. Students take philosophy courses to prepare for a major or to fulfill general education requirements in humanities or critical thinking. With a bachelor's degree in philosophy, students pursue careers in education, business, government, journalism, computer science, publishing, and writing. A philosophy major also provides excellent undergraduate preparation for graduate studies in the discipline, law school, MBA programs, medical school, and professional seminary.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Louisa Moon

Dean: Dana Smith

www.miracosta.edu/PHIL

Department: Philosophy and Religious Studies

Office: Building SAN Admin, 760.634.7876

Full-Time Faculty

Isabel Luengo
Louisa Moon
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Courses

PHIL 100: Informal Logic and Critical Thinking

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1509.00)

Use of logic in science and practical life: fallacies, language, hypotheses, probability, experimentation. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, the deductive, and inductive processes.

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality

Units: 3
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1509.00)

This introduction to philosophical inquiry emphasizes problems of knowledge and reality through analysis of classical and contemporary works on such issues as free will, personhood, knowledge and belief, the existence of God, and the nature of reality. The course encourages students to think independently and formulate their own tentative conclusions.

PHIL 102: Contemporary Moral Problems

Units: 3
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1509.00)

This course examines the nature of morality as it applies to a variety of personal and social issues through the reading and analysis of classical and contemporary works. It explores major ethical theories, including utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, natural law theory, social contract theories, and feminist ethics. The course emphasizes the application of ethical theory to contemporary moral issues, such as war, pornography, euthanasia, animal rights, and abortion.

PHIL 221: Philosophy of Religion

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1509.00)

Investigation of religion. Reasons for and against various fundamental religious beliefs. Considers religious phenomena of many kinds in the interest of understanding and clarifying what persons intend to be and do when they act religiously. Philosophy of Religion takes nothing for granted; it takes the liberty of calling anything religious into question. It aims to bring religious beliefs and assumptions out into the open, to subject them to scrutiny and to arrive at a rational assessment for religious affirmation.

PHIL 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

PHIL 296: Topics in Philosophy

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1509.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Philosophy that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

PHIL 298: Directed Study in Philosophy

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1509.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

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